Asking Questions About Prayers Not Answered
There’s an old proverb that says: “He who cannot ask cannot live.” Life is all about asking questions, and seeking answers from all the questions asked.
Albert Einstein once said: “Thinking is difficult; that’s why so few people do it.”
Thinking is a process of self-intuition through asking relevant questions to create self-awareness and self-reflection. It’s the natural habit of the human mind to try to solve all problems by asking questions. Through the process of solving problems, the human mind may then make things happen.
So, asking all relevant questions is self-empowerment of the human mind to increase wisdom because it initiates the intent to learn, to discover, and then to change for the better.
Here are some of the questions you may want to ask yourself concerning why your prayers are seldom answered, or not answered at all:
What’s a prayer?
Jesus said: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7) Is a prayer just your way of asking for something that you want or desire?
Is it your personal request to the Creator to make something happen or not happen in your life?
Is it your conversation or a means of communication with the Creator to further develop your relationship with Him?
Is it your way of seeking advice from the Creator to help you deal with your own life’s problems and challenges?
Is it your asking the Creator for His blessings that you think you may be entitled to?
Or is it none of the above?
How often is a prayer said or offered?
Before getting up, and before going to bed?
Several times throughout the day, such as before your meals?
While attending a religious service?
Seldom, if ever, unless expressing with your condolences to someone you’re feeling sorry for?
For a believer, spirituality is the inexplicable communication and the subtle relationship with God.
For a non-believer, spirituality is the invisible connection to a Higher Being, who seems to have inexplicable control over certain things in life, such as life and death.
Even for those without a specific religion, they may still have a soul or spirit, because their spirituality is their own conscience that intuitively tells them what’s right and wrong, and not just following the laws and orders of their country.
In many ways, spirituality is like a shadow that follows us: sometimes we see more of it, and sometimes we see less of it; but it’s always there, forever following us wherever we go, whether we like it or not. Spirituality is always present whenever we focus less on ourselves and more on others.
Does God exist?
Many do believe that God exists—but His existence is no more than the existence of the sun, the moon, and the planets.
Few believe that God plays a pivotal role in their daily lives.
Even fewer believe that they can somehow communicate with God in their daily prayers.
Copyright© by Stephen Lau